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Public engagement, knowledge transfer and impact validity

Hagger-Johnson, GE, Hegarty, P, Barker, M and Richards, C (2013) Public engagement, knowledge transfer and impact validity Journal of Social Issues, 69 (4). pp. 664-683.

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Public engagement and knowledge transfer are now necessary supplements to academic research and teaching activity for university-based psychologists in the United Kingdom. However, a “deficit model” of public understanding is often assumed by national policies. We argue that bidirectional approaches between researchers and concerned communities are necessary, and that bidirectional transfer recognizes different kinds of expertise and experience. We argue further that researchers working in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) psychology have routinely been engaged in bidirectional translational work, by drawing on historical and recent examples. Bidirectional models of knowledge transfer do not resolve all of the potential problems that arise during public engagement. For example, it is not clear how academics should respond when end users do not accept their findings. However, involving concerned communities is clearly necessary to achieving, and maximizing, impact validity and LGBT psychologists have long been at the forefront of so doing.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 4 December 2013
Identification Number : 10.1111/josi.12035
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Hagger-Johnson GE, Hegarty P, Barker M, Richards C. Public engagement, knowledge transfer and impact validity. Journal of Social Issues 69(4):664-683 04 Dec 2013, which has been published in final form at
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Date Deposited : 26 Aug 2014 10:18
Last Modified : 04 Dec 2015 02:08

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